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Civic Reception to mark the presentation of a Tara Brooch and Fáinne belonging to former Lord Mayor of Cork, Tomas MacCurtain, to the Office of the Lord Mayor


Photographed from left to right: Fionnuala MacCurtain-McGrath (granddaughter), Ava MacCurtain-McGrath (great-granddaughter), Lord Mayor, Cllr. Deirdre Clune and Tomás MacCurtain-McGrath (great-grandson).


Speech by The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Deirdre Clune

A dhaoine uaisle,

Fearaim céad míle fáilte romhaibh go léir chiug on Failtiú Cathrach seo. Ba mhaith liom fáilte ar leith a chur roimh baill de chlann Mhic Curtáin atá anseo.

Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
You are all very welcome to the Civic Reception this evening. I wish to extend special greetings to members of the MacCurtain family.

The memory of former Lord Mayor Tomas MacCurtain is held fondly by the people of Cork. He was elected Lord Mayor in January 1920. However his term of office was brutally cut short when he was shot dead in the early hours of the morning in his home in Blackpool. The shocking murder outraged public opinion and brought near universal condemnation. The city went into mourning for its murdered First Citizen and huge crowds attended his funeral.

Tomas Mac Curtain has been held in great esteem by generations of Cork people. The generous donation of his Tara Brooch and Fáinne by his family is a gesture which the citizens of Cork will treasure. As Lord Mayor I want to extend a sincere thank you to the family members present and can assure them that it is something which will be treasured by the elected members of Cork City Council and in turn the people of Cork for many years to come.

It is with great honour that I accept these precious pieces of jewellery on behalf of the Office of the Lord Mayor.

Is mór an onóir againn na seoda seo a bheith againn. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.


Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Deirdre Clune.

Thursday 23rd March 2006 in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork.

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